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Shipwrecked: A Peoples' History of the Seattle Mariners

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Jon Wells, a baseball writer who has covered the Seattle Mariners for more than 15 years, asserts that poor management and shortsighted ownership combined to keep a team with three first-ballot Hall of Fame players, each in the prime of his career, from reaching the World Series. Wells details every misstep by the Mariners during the team’s 35-year history. But wait, there ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Epicenter Press (first published March 14th 2012)
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Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
THIS BOOK IS SO FRUSTRATING. Let me clarify here: Intentionally frustrating. And it's really the Mariners who are frustrating, not this book.

That said, I think this book was too negatively biased. While the Mariners have certainly made their mistakes and I'm not going to defend Bavasi, I've never been sure how much Chuck Armstrong or Howard Lincoln were to blame (though it is rather disturbing their jobs never seem to be in any danger at all). And while it certainly seems the Mariners could spen
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh what might've been....

That lede refers to the M's more than the book. But could apply to the latter. I'd give the author 3 stars for his writing ability, but the research and breadth of Mariners knowledge required to put together a tome like this is worthy of a bump up.

My own "fandom" waned right about the spot I thought the book would shine: the post-Pinella years as the team went from being competitive (to outright incredible in that 2001 season) to flat-out stinking. But where the book see
Ryan Norton
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional read, both as a primer on the history of the Mariners, but also just brutally honest. Wells doesn't need to kowtow to anyone, and when he places blame for why the M's have flamed out during so many promising seasons and postseasons, he backs it up with facts, stats, and reasoned analysis.

Between Jon Wells' "Shipwrecked" and Art Thiel's "Out of Left Field," the history of the Mariners is well chronicled.
Alex Haven
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Seattle Mariners have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years. This book explains the history behind the sport, city, players, and events over many years. The author remains honest in his explanations and findings to give readers a true insight into the beloved Seattle team.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
While this book isn't super a super compelling page turner, it does a good job of compiling an accurate description of the frustrations faced by fans of the franchise. I'm sure that the managment of the Seattle Mariners isn't all that thrilled about the book as it brings up everything that has been swept under the carpet.
It is depressing to read a book that not only describes the foibles of the players on the field of play but the missteps of the owners groups as well. As a kid growing up with
Tim Hoiland
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
I've been a Mariners fan for more than 20 years, though I'll admit I was largely "lapsed" for a decade or so. Reading this book, I relived the adrenaline-charged seasons in the mid- to late-nineties with Griffey, the Big Unit, Edgar, Buhner, and A-Rod. And as I read how most of those players slipped away (or were run out of town), I came to see why I'd already become somewhat disillusioned by the time the Mariners won a record-tying 116 games in 2001 with a whole new slate of players. Since then ...more
Bryan Winchell
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a depressing must-read for Mariners fans, as it goes over the history of the team year-by-year, especially starting from the early 1990s, and we realize just how much the ownership and management have blown their opportunities to build a champion due to being overly concerned about the bottom line. As the book points out, owners of sports teams shouldn't expect yearly profits, the profit comes when you sell the team after 15 or 20 years. In the meantime, the goal should be to win games. ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
From original owners who were too poor to spend money, to current owners who have a license to print money but are to cheap to spend it, Mariners fans has been screwed about every which way over it's 35+ year history. With the exception of the "glory" years of 1995-2002, Shipwrecked takes us back to the horror show that was the pre-Griffey Jr. era (1977-88) up to the hiring of Eric Wedge as yet another M's skipper. One thing is constant throughout, ownership without the will or the way to keep t ...more
Ted Ryan
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball, non-fiction
While informative, I found this book a bit hard to read. The author had a clear bias and I don't think the conclusions reached were always well thought out or researched.

I found the writing a bit clumsy and erratic (jumping ahead to end of season results before introducing the early season decisions that led to those results) and the logic was often based on false conclusions and erroneous assumptions (statements such as "we can only conclude" when no statements of fact were offered on which to
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
This book can make or break you as a Mariner fan. It displays more insight into the way a baseball organization is run than any book I've read. I honestly had to question my selection as a Mariner fan since I was 10 years old due to complete managerial stupidity and owners that want to only make money and not provide wins. In the end, at last I've decided Mariner marrow is in my bones and I hope in the future I will be rewarded with a championship. Very insightful, yet frustrating read.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball-nf
This overview of the Seattle Mariners glosses over the first 15 years, then gets down to it. Chapters alternate between an overview of a season and a rant about the front office. Occasional "best/worst" lists are thrown into the mix. All-in-all, a very dry read, and a conclusion that is obvious from the first quarter of the book.
Larry Fleisher
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at the reasons why things have gone wrong for the Mariners since their last playoff appearance. Though many things are well-known, the book includes some things not commonly known or easily forgotten about. Overall a strong analysis of how things often go wrong for the Mariners.
Tyler Hurst
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic oral history of my hometown team. I knew that Mariners management was bad, I had no idea how terrible Chuck Armstrong, Woody Woodward and Howard Lincoln really were.

Must read if you're a Mariners fan, and an entertaining read for anyone interested in sports off the field.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
So, so bitter. With some cause, but the second-guessing is tiresome. Could also use a better editor.
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great look into my favorite baseball team!
May 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: local-books, mariners, mlb
this book was like reading a newspaper, nothing very exciting yet very detailed. somewhat boring to anyone that grew up reading the seattle times.
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